UPDATE: Heavy snowfall closes major highways

The province has shut Highway 1 and Highway 5 as of Thursday afternoon.

Heavy snowfall stalls motorists on the Coquihalla.

Heavy snowfall stalls motorists on the Coquihalla.



Update: 5:10 p.m.

The provincial government has closed Highway 5 northbound and Highway 1 entirely due to heavy snowfall.

The province says the length of the closure of Highway 1 is unknown at this time, while Highway 5, the Coquihalla, is closed northbound and expected to open fully at 7:30 p.m.

Southbound traffic is allowed through at this time, but the northbound closure was necessary due to multiple spun-out trucks.

“These temporary highway closures are necessary for the safety of the travelling public,” writes the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Heavy snowfall in the Southern Interior region has totalled more than 30 centimetres in five hours, and while our maintenance crews are doing everything possible to clear the roads with heavy snow expected until 10 p.m. tonight.”

The ministry reports that it has deployed more than 25 snow plows, graders and other equipment, and will continue to work around the clock to clear the roads for drivers.

Motorists are encouraged to revise travel plans if they are heading north of Hope on Highway 1 or northeast on Highway 5.

Motorists are reminded to use extreme caution or consider alternative plans.

“If you do need to travel on these routes, motorists should use extra caution, increase their following distance and keep a safe distance from snow plows,” adds the ministry.

“The ministry would like to remind motorists that winter tires are mandatory for travel on the Coquihalla and Highway 1 from Oct. 1 to March 31. Winter tires are defined as those labelled with either the Mountain Snowflake symbol or the Mud and Snow (M+S) symbol. Winter tires must be in good condition with a minimum tread depth of 3.5 mm.”

For more information on driving in winter conditions, click here.

For up to date details on highway conditions and road closures check DriveBC.

You can also monitor Environment Canada for alerts, warnings and updated forecasts.

Send your best news tips, photos and video by hovering over the Home tab and clicking our Contact Us tab.

Update: 5 p.m.

The Coqihalla is now open southbound but remains closed northbound from Hope to Merritt due to heavy snowfall.

DriveBC is estimating the highway to fully reopen about 5 p.m.

Environment Canada is estimating 20 centimetres of snow to fall overnight.

Check DriveBC for updates.

—-

Original:

Highway 5 is closed northbound from Hope to Merritt due to heavy snow fall.

Drive BC issued a full closure shortly before 4 p.m. but southbound lanes were opened shortly after.

Stay tuned for updates….

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Paul Sweeting, the owner of Ravens Brewing Co., helped lead his company to success during the pandemic. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford’s Ravens Brewing Co. wins Innovation Excellence Award

Local business pivoted in an innovative way to meet the unique demands of the COVID-19 pandemic

Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant has been awarded the Frontline Excellence Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards.
Abbotsford’s Patna Sweets and Restaurant wins Frontline Excellence Award

Local business recognized for its leadership and grace to aid Abbotsford during the pandemic

marek
Fraser Valley Bandits release ‘Vancity Bandits’ merchandise

New collaboration between basketball team and clothing brands now available

Lefeuvre Road, near Myrtle Avenue, was blocked to traffic on Thursday (Dec. 3) after an abandoned pickup truck was found on fire. Police are investigating to determine if there are any links to a killing an hour earlier in Surrey. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Torched truck found in Abbotsford an hour after killing in Surrey

Police still investigating to determine if incidents are linked

Abbotsford’s Zone Garage Fraser Valley won the Community Contribution Award at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Abbotsford’s Fraser Valley Zone Garage wins Community Contribution Award

Local business wins big at the 2020 Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards

Motorists wait to enter a Fraser Health COVID-19 testing facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Another 694 diagnosed with COVID-19 in B.C. Thursday

Three more health care outbreaks, 12 deaths

(Pixabay)
Canadians’ mental health has deteriorated with the second wave, study finds

Increased substance use one of the ways people are coping

Surrey Pretrial centre in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey Pretrial hit with human rights complaint over mattress

The inmate who lodged the complaint said he needed a second mattress to help him manage his arthritis

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

An RCMP officer confers with military rescuers outside their Cormorant helicopter near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
Good Samaritan helped Kootenay police nab, rescue suspect which drew armed forces response

Midway RCMP said a Good Samaritan helped track the suspect, then brought the arresting officer dry socks

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Needpix.com)
Pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ concerns for B.C. children and youth with special needs: report

Pandemic worsened an already patchwork system, representative says

Most Read